Monday, December 21, 2015

Book Review: The Field Guide to Peppers by Dave DeWitt, Janie Lamson

In this fiery guide, Dave DeWitt and Janie Lamson help you identify hundreds of the most popular chile pepper varieties. The 400 profiles include all the major types of peppers and are packed with information on culinary use, interesting facts, and chile nomenclature.
Photos of each variety make for easy identification.Includes popular varieties such as ancho, bell, jalapeƱo, and New Mexican.Each entry gives the cultivar name, origin, pod size and color, plant height, days to harvest, and heat level.


If you're looking to grow peppers in any kind of environment, this book would be perfect. I requested it in the hopes that I would find the best peppers for making certain foods because you should know I take my chips and salsa very seriously.

While they did mention which peppers would be good for specific foods i.e. Curry, Excellent in salads, moles, etc. it wasn't exactly what I was looking for and yet it also gave me a lot more than I was looking for! The authors both have a vast history dealing with peppers, but I learned the most from Janie Lamson who has been growing peppers since the 90's.

The number of peppers readily available is so numerous, at times I was overwhelmed with the options, but with those options come so many different outcomes.

Here's a sample of what each of the 400 pepper explanations look like. You also find out that Lamson has a website that you can order all of these plants from so you can grow your own and know you'll be getting a very good product.

When I asked my dad, the hot food connoisseur, which pepper he would like to know more about he said the Guajillo so I thought I'd share that card. As you can see they give you the heat level, the origin and a bunch of other stuff that you might need to know for growing.

I loved having this digitally because you can type in the pepper you're looking for and it finds the pages it's on. I do think I'll still get my dad a physical copy once it comes out because he'll get more use out of it than I will.

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I was provided with a copy of The Field Guide to Peppers in exchange for my honest review.


  1. So funny enough my nephew is obsessed with peppers and this would be such a fun read for him! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. I'm not the biggest pepper person, but this would be so informative and I love having pictures to go along with what you're reading about!

  3. That is so cool that you can look up what pepper you want!!

  4. how interesting! love all the info they provide. 400 peppers?! who knew.


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